Emma Sheridan is on the cusp of her 30th birthday and she’s decided to do something daring. After selling everything she owns, she books a flight to Scotland in search of her very own Jamie Fraser – heroic hunk and star of the Diana Gabaldon’s “Outlander” book series. Emma has been woefully unlucky in love and although she’s clearly venturing out of her comfort zone she’s determined to see her plan through.
Who doesn’t remember being almost thirty and trying to find ourselves? To a certain degree, I could relate to Emma’s end-of-twenties-crisis. Although my cusp of 30 included a knucklehead (ex) husband and three children, which leads me to my only real “criticism” of Finding Fraser. I found Emma’s character to be quite immature for twenty-nine. She was also overly naïve and slightly neurotic. Yet, Emma’s “quirky” personality made the story work so well that I was quickly able to go with it.
Yes, Finding Fraser was a little silly at times and the coincidences were a tad unrealistic, but it’s fiction and I honestly enjoyed it. There were a number of laugh out loud moments that managed to avoid being cheesy or slapstick. The author’s writing is wonderfully suited to this genre. The book flows nicely and the characters are well-developed. My favorite character was Jack. I found him absolutely charming and vulnerable. Morag was a likable, tough broad and Ash was a sweetheart. I wanted to slap Hamish and Sophia…Hamish for being such a big jerk and Sophia for being such a nagging shrew. So all in all I’d say I had no trouble at all connecting with the characters.
I would recommend this book even if you haven’t read any of the Outlander books. Finding Fraser doesn’t rely heavily on Diana Gabaldon’s books. In fact you don’t really have to know much at all about them. Ms. Dyer’s descriptive passages paint a beautiful picture of Scotland so that made it easier to understand the history and landscape. Worth the read!
5 of 5 Stars, Review by Susan Barton
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